hi everyone welcome it’s a hedgehog
hollow so today I have a popular asked video for you and when are we talking
about the cricket maker getting started out the box we’re also gonna do this
with the Cricut explore air too so I’ll do an unboxing and making your first cut
but this is going to be getting started with the Cricut maker getting it
connected to your iPad making that first cut all of those good things so let’s
get started with connecting it to your iPad so when you get your Cricut maker
out the box I’m gonna want to take that transformer block this I believe you
actually get a white one of these this is a different one at my craft room
you’re gonna want to plug it in to the back of your Cricut maker so along at
the back here you have this little hole that’s where your transformer goes in so
you’re gonna pop that in here and I see my crickets opening for me but I’ll show
you from scratch so it comes like this you just open up this top piece and this
one will pop forward for you and then you’re gonna press the on button over
here so that’s literally all you need to do it will do some kind of refreshes and
things and you’re ready to go now who took your iPad or whatever tablet you
using obviously instructions might be slightly different depending on your
tablet but here I have an iPad now you’re going to go into settings which
is this one down here you want to go to bluetooth and you’re going to wait for
other devices mine is called the maker a five CD it’d be something along maker
options you’re going to hit that and you’re gonna want to wait for that
button over here to be nice and steady and it will ask you for a pin at now the
pin could be four zeros or one two three four you can try both I happen to know
mine is for zeros and you’re going to hit the pair button and you’ll see it
now comes up as connected that means I’m ready to go up this literally all you
have to do it’s so simple the same if you’re using a laptop you can just go
into your Bluetooth you know compare the two whatever the settings are for your
device now we’re going to want to use the Cricut
app you can see it’s one that I use regularly if you don’t have the cricket
app on your iPad go to the App Store just like this and hit the search button
and you can just type in cricket search and you’re going to want cricut design
space now here it would say get that’s what you need to do for me it just says
open and then you’re going to sign in I’ll put some links below to the cricut
access option so cricut access you can pay monthly or an annual subscription it
gives you access to thousands or tens of thousands of fonts to images projects
all those kind of great things it also gives you a discount when you are
shopping at the Cricut store and which you can stack on top of some of the
coupons that we often have available to so it’s really worth getting it saves me
a ton of money when I am using my cricut app and again I’ll put links in the
video description for you so you can check that out anything with the a that
is what is included in cricut access otherwise I would have to pay for that
so I’m more than get my money’s worth out of having the cricut access so here
I can choose a project and you can see there are thousands of projects I can
also search along the top here I can just tap and if I wanted to do say in
fusible ink which is a new Cricut product I just type in infusible and it
gives me lots and lots of options maybe I wanted to do vinyl again tons and tons
of options that I can do with my vinyl so you know you can see that lots of
options another option I have is to go to canvas this was something I was
making for a friend the other night I can clear this off I can grab image and
then this takes me to the Cricut store anything with a that’s included in my
access so you can see I’ve got the little cricket guy here I’ve got tons of
different options of things I could cut out so we could choose something here
why don’t we do the little cricket guy we can cut him out I tap him I hit
insert and then I can pop him in the corner of my canvas so I thought we
would cut something out today on vinyl and I’m just going to pop that
and I’m just gonna pop this to the side for a second so let’s go back to talking
about our cricket so in mine because it’s a well-loved machine I already have
my blade so let’s just talk about the two sides so in this side this will come
in your box this is your cricket blade this is your regular knife they’re just
the normal blade nothing special about it and all you do is you pop it in here
it sits so that this little bit of the knife kind of that juts out just sits on
top you close it across here and you clip it in like so this side is for your
pen so if you want to draw this is where you’re going to put your pen in you open
it up you slot your pen in you close it up and off you go and I’m going to show
you how the app tells you exactly what you need to do okay you’ll also have a
mat or two in other words I’m looking for in your pack and depending if you’ve
bought something like the sampler packs that go with your machine again I’ll put
links in the video description for you I’m also going to include some optional
coupon codes in the description if we can find any for cricket buying the
machine with these samplers is often a really great value to get some different
materials to play with you get the machine included they often have kind of
bounced back offers and things will add whatever the best offer is at the time
we make this video go live but having those in there is a great option I
always when I buy a machine I always buy the samplers with it even if I don’t us
how do you want those materials right away the materials come such a great
discount when I bought my Cricut Explorer air 2 which I’ll be hearing in
a few days I bought the sampler pack and you’ll see that in my unboxing and I
bought it because yes I have lots of materials we think for like 30 bucks I
ended up with a ton of extra materials and the value was awesome so when you
get your mat you’re gonna take off this little plastic sheet that you saw me
take off this is a piece of the metallic rose gold vinyl I just happen to have
now they do come on a roll so something I like to do because they are a little
bit curly is I just kind of roll it back on itself it just makes it a little bit
easier so pound all so I just kind of roll it
back on itself like that and then all I do is pop it on to my sheet like so and
just press it down now depending on the material and will depend on how much of
this you need to do but it’s really a good idea to get one of the cricut
talkers so I really like the brayer again I’ll link everything in the
description for you at the best options like this and Cricut do some great value
options for shipping to Canada are gonna put that down there do flat rate
shipping over a certain amount I’ll put all of that in the description and they
also do free shipping codes for the US so I’ll put those down there over
certain amounts the other things they do a scrapers and the tool sets too so this
little and really cool pencil case I have I don’t think any available any
longer but the tool sets are invaluable so I really recommend that one if you
are starting out with the Cricut so here is my material on my mat let’s go back
to our device it’s okay so we’re going to make it that’s this button and down
here so we’re gonna hit make it and now you can see it up here on my mat now I
don’t need to worry so much because I can see you’re gonna end at the five
inch mark my material goes down to the six and a half inch mark so I’m more
than have enough material and my material goes all the way across my mat
however sometimes you might have a scrap you want to use there is amateur in here
called snap mat which you’ll see it down the bottom here this feature is awesome
I have a whole video on it but I’ll just briefly show you what it does so what
the first thing you’re gonna have to do is have your mats aligned how it shows
you on the picture you see how my hanger tag is up here you want your hanger tag
up here mmm you hit the snap map button and it says position mat close to frame
edge and you can see there’s a little hanger tag very small on here and I’m
never very good at aligning these things I’m always back to front
have I not got this right oh that’s cuz my apps like that there we go
so just going to so once it snapped like
this you just hit the use button and you can see how my little cricket guy here
just comes up and so I can position him anywhere on my material which i think is
super cool the other option of course you can hit here you can move into
another mat you can hide him all those kinds of things but if you had a scrap
and it was over here you can just move it onto that scrap so the snap mat is a
really useful feature so then you just hit continue and what it’s going to do
is start transferring that information into your machine so back again here
it’s gonna say material side so this is your mat so you’ve got the 12 by 12 mat
it will tell you for me anything bigger and you can tell it if you’ve got a
smaller material you can mirror it if you’re doing iron-on so if you’re doing
things like the in fusible in the HTV all of those kinds of things you’ve got
all of those options in here and it taemi that it’s a cut so if it’s like a
print and cut if it’s a draw you’ll get different icons come up in this area so
we’re just waiting for it to a transfer that material and transfer it into a cut
file so you just see this little timer down here so this is the next screen
that you will see and the next unities hit all materials and in here you can
search what if you’re looking for so I have metallic vinyl this is where the
app gets really clever and I’ll show you a couple of other things so you can
search in here infusible so if you have the infusible ink
transfer sheet you really can search anything all of the cricut items are in
here and a lot of other things too so if you have things like cereal boxes you
want to cut if you want to cut the wood with the knife blade pretty much ever
well definitely every Cricut material in here and a lot of other materials in
here too so it will know whatever item you’re looking for so you can put down
here you can also start favorites so if it’s something you cut a lot so I’ll
select that you can add it in here I’ll go back and you can see here now some of
my favorites are starting to go up here or
can go for popular and there’s things that people cut all the time in there as
well now it’s gonna go next load tools are matte so it’s going to tell you
clamp a which is this one there’s nothing required clamp B load
your fine point blade that’s the one that I showed you earlier then it’s
going to tell you to load mat this is where Cricut is great because everything
that you need to do next is always going to be what’s flashing so my arrows are
flashing that’s what I need to do I need to insert my map I’m going to put it
through these two white guides and I’m going to press the button that’s
flashing super simple it’s going to adjust itself it’s going to make sure it
has the right pressure for you and then my app tells me press go press the
flashing button now there is a fast mode I don’t tend to like to use the fast
mode I find it doesn’t cut as well you can try it out and see what works for
you but I just find the regular mode works
fine for me again it’s the flashing si button so we’re gonna press that because
that’s what’s flashing for us there is a pause button too so if you need to use
the pause maybe you want to walk away and you don’t want to leave it running
you can press the pause maybe something’s moved and you want to move
it back well you need to put a new Panem you can hit that pause button anytime
you need to you also have two nice storage things in here first when you’re
using it you have the option to pop your iPad or your device up here which I find
really helpful because normally I’d be on the other side of the table and you
know I’m tapping away doing whatever I need to do also it cuts really quickly I
show you this little storage draw in the front as well when this is finished
cutting which is really handy to store your blades and some extra replacement
items in and but you can see and it cuts pretty quickly to our cubbies over half
done it gives you a little status bar on your screen – if you had multiple mats
maybe layering colors those kinds of things they would all be down the side
here and then it would say insert your next mat and the green or your blue you
know whatever happens to be on your screen and for your next part of your
project so uncle critter here isn’t the only
finished I think they call them cubbies but he’s nearly finished so once he’s
finished it will spit the mat out it does still hold on to it in case you
want to do anything extra you’ll say action complete okay and you’ll see it’s
flashing so again that’s what we’re gonna press and we remove our mat now as
I mentioned there’s a little storage cubby under here you can open this up
and there’s little area for you to store lots of things so I have my fabric blade
my rotary blades in here there’s some other little bits and pieces I keep one
of my scrapers in here there’s this little magnetic piece as well which is
perfect for spares and things so you can see there’s a nice little area and it’s
a magnetic clothes so it just kind of snaps itself shut with a nice soft
clothes on there so lots of places for you to store now when you’re done then
what you’re gonna want to do is peel your mat away from your material you’ll
see I don’t get any tearing and you’re gonna get a much easier release that way
okay so next thing so I like to make a rough cut first of all so the next step
with final HTV what any of the material really is to weed and weeding is
removing the excess so do that I like the weeding hook and my tweezers we’re
also gonna need some tape I like the thermal web 1/2 inch tape and my lovely
little mermaid here and the first way we can do it two ways you can either do the
insides or you can do the large piece first because doing the large piece
first can make it easier on you if I’m doing something dark like a black or
maybe a really large piece with lots of words in it I would use the cricket
brite pad because it’s gonna shine through it’s going to show you all those
extra areas this is a really small cart and on a bright color it’s really easy
but the bright pad really is worth it for big pieces lots of words dark colors
all those kinds of things so what I’m going to do is I’m gonna peel off all of
these pieces like this and you can see how easy this is look how easy this cut
is to just peel off so I’m just going around the edge of our little critter I
think they call them cubbies but you can see just peel that off so this is just
excess distance that’s why I do that rough cut then we’re going to take our
reading hook and it depends of whether it’s curling on up sometimes it curls
more than others you might want to tape it down to help you you might not but
I’ll hook is just going to get into these little areas here and it’s going
to help us remove them just like this sometimes fingers sometimes tweezers
you’ll kind of work out whatever works best and it does vary by project too
sometimes I find that I need different tools for different projects so just
make myself a little pile over here just like that and then this one I’m actually just
gonna bend because it’s a larger piece so this thing that’s gonna be easier and
you can see it’s a nice crisp cut so it’s leaving behind exactly the pieces I
want it to and he’s coming together nicely
now we’re gonna have that large piece super simple this is a really easy one
to weed and if you were doing lots of words you wouldn’t be able to just curl
it like this you’d find your letters would go everywhere but on him that’s
really easy now the next thing you’re gonna want is transfer tape and the
cricket transfer tape is a really nice one reason being all the gridlines on it
and I’ll show you that in a second so we’re going to mark a piece of transfer
tape roughly the same size as him again trim this down
I usually go slightly larger than my piece and I’m just gonna find my edge sometimes you’re weeding hook is a good
little tool for your corner I usually find just kind of a flicking
one corner tends to to work it’s fun this is one corner that works for me
better than any others now again if it was words you’ll see there’s a light
grid printed on here which is perfect for when you’re working with words and
there’s a light grid printed on your vinyl underneath so you can line that up
if you’re working words what who’s working little critter so it’s nice and
easy for him so we’re just going to press it down on top and we’re going to
take the scraper tool you can also use a credit card or something but these
scraper tools are great and they come in the little tool kits there’s a small one
as well which you saw I store in the front of my maker or just pick up off of
our surface and I’m going to turn it around and the way I like to do this and
I find it easiest is to just peel this backing away and just kind of curl it
because as I curl it my piece likes to stay down better and if I need to I can
just go back you can see here I can apply his mouth sometimes you need to
just dab down a little bit sometimes you’re weeding it or you don’t
even need to go back and give it an extra little scrape at times there is
also an extra strong transfer tape so again if I’m doing lots of words I would
use my extra strong because it’s going to hold it even more and then you can
apply this to anything to a wood piece to maybe a door to your cricket and you
really can’t apply any way let’s just apply it to the cover of my mat and you
can just be my little mat to cover go my little buddy here so I’m just going to
apply it on the center so you put it wherever you want it to be again you’re
gonna use your scraper to help you apply it down just like this the brayer also
works really well so whatever tool you find works for you nicely you don’t want
to apply it make sure there’s no bubbles one of
those good things and then you remove your transfer tape and this is a
permanent vinyl that I’m using and just applying a little bit of pressure like
this you can see if I have some more intricate details this applies it really
nice and easily just applying some pressure as I remove and then I’ll take
my brayer over at the end give it a nice roll down and now my mat cover has a
nice little buddy on the front and I’ll just move this mat cover for Matt – Matt
because it’s gonna look really cute so now I know this is definitely my cricket
mat cover but yes he’s just super cute and that is how you make your first cut
and your cricket make it is super simple it is so intuitive to use and you can
use it with Android you can use it with your microsoft surfaces you can use it
with your laptops you get as a plug-in option if you have cartridges you can
get an adapter for that as well as I’ll say we’re going to show you how to do
the same with the cricut explore air – I just bought myself one so I can show it
to you as well so stay tuned for that as always links in the video description we
absolutely appreciate when you use those and we’ll
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